Thursday, 11 August 2011

Places: France/Films and cinema: Betty Blue (1986, Jean-Jacques Beineix).

Sourced from the Wikipedia page 'Betty Blue'..because I live dangerously...

Betty Blue is a 1986 French film. Its original French title is 37°2 le matin, which means "37.2°C in the Morning". (37.2°C [99°F] is the normal morning temperature of a pregnant woman.) The film was directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix and stars Béatrice Dalle as Betty. It is based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Philippe Djian.
The film received both a BAFTA and Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 1986, as well as winning a César Award for Best Poster. In 1992 it was awarded the Golden Space Needle of the Seattle International Film Festival.

Plot summary

Betty (Dalle) and Zorg (Anglade) are passionate lovers who live in a shack on the beach. He works as a handyman who does odd jobs to pay the bills. As the film begins, they have only been dating for a week and are in a very passionate stage of their relationship. Zorg narrates the story of their relationship via voiceover. He describes Betty as “like a flower with translucent antennae and a mauve plastic heart”. She yearns for a better life and quit her last job as a waitress because she was being sexually harassed by her boss.
Zorg's boss asks him to paint the 500 shacks that populate the beach—a fact that he keeps from Betty who thinks they only have to do one. She attacks the project with enthusiasm that quickly turns to anger once she learns the actual number. In response, Betty covers the boss’s car with pink paint.
During a nasty fight, Betty accidentally discovers a series of notebooks that contain a novel Zorg wrote years ago. She reads it and falls in love with him even more. She then makes it her mission in life to type every hand-written page and get it published. Betty's free spirited nature and devotion to Zorg develop into alarming obsession, aggression and destructiveness, and the film alternates between comic and tragic modes.


  • Jean-Hugues Anglade as Zorg
  • Béatrice Dalle as Betty
  • Gérard Darmon as Eddy
  • Consuelo De Haviland as Lisa
  • Clémentine Célarié as Annie
  • Jacques Mathou as Bob
  • Vincent Lindon as Richard, the young policeman
  • Jean-Pierre Bisson as The commissaire (in the complete version)
  • Dominique Pinon as The drug dealer (in the complete version)
  • Bernard Hug (in the complete version)
  • Catherine D'At
  • Claude Aufaure as The doctor
  • Louis Bellanti as Mario
  • Dominique Besnehard as Client in pizzeria
  • Raoul Billerey as The old policeman
*Generally regarded as a teen-angst dream, this is definately on my to-watch list before my twentieth birthday...

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